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For Omid Safi, writing his weekly On Being column has been an exercise in planting seeds of joy and love, in service of cultivating justice in this world.

Essay

September 12, 2016

The Virtue of Dreaming and Doing

As the United Nations prepares for its 71st session, Mohammed Fairouz honors the courage of those who came before us to make bold vows and asks us to step beyond our cynicism to achieve our greatest aspirations.
Reminding ourselves to breathe is simple enough, but the act of slowing down and bringing our awareness inward can be difficult. Omid Safi with a reminder that the ritual of respiration can be the place where presence of spirit begins.

Essay

December 27, 2015

The End of Arrogance Is Needed

The political rhetoric of making America great again points at the decline of not only U.S. power, but the erosion of trust among its allies and its own citizens. Mohammed Fairouz stands up for his community in this particular moment in time.
The recent atrocities in Paris and elsewhere in the world may be the new normal. We need to anticipate healing, our columnist says, before, during, and after these attacks in order to be whole and carry on with hope.
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